Undergraduate Symposium Mentors
Issues or questions? Email Sabine%20Heinhorst or call 601.266.4710 (prior to day of symposium)
The UGS Planning Committee thanks you for mentoring undergraduate research or creative
project(s). We appreciate your dedication and persistent efforts on behalf of our
students and want to provide information that we think will be helpful as your advisee,
with your assistance, prepares for the UGS.
- Poster and oral presentations are evaluated with this common, seven-point rubric:
|Purpose and Content
||articulation and support of central idea/purpose
||understanding and justification of methods and/or interpretation
|Findings and Conclusions
||identification and discussion of the project’s scholarly contributions
|Questions and Answers
||ability to answer questions from the audience
||use of standard English and technical language
||content, design, layout, use of visual aids (if applicable)
||vocal delivery, eye contact, body language, attire
- Prize categories are assigned based on the projects that have been submitted and do
not necessarily correspond to panels, panel titles, or poster numbering. Panels are
assembled based on related research projects; presenters in a panel may not be competing
against each other. We strive to give all presenters a similar chance (typically 1
in 3 to 1 in 4) of winning a prize.
- All presenters are expected to attend the recognition and awards ceremony and must
be present to receive an award. Mr. Donald Drapeau, our generous alumnus who donates
~$15,000 for the presentation prizes annually, is typically present and hands out
the certificates to the winners. It is embarrassing if a winner’s name is called and
the student has left already. Please point out to your student presenter the importance
of attending the ceremony!
- If you are planning to accompany your student presenter to her/his panel session,
please arrive before the first talk and enjoy all presentations. Many students are
nervous and not very confident about their presentations; frequent traffic into and
out of the room during the session is distracting and, more importantly, might be
viewed as a lack of interest in their research project.
- Even if not conventional in your discipline, each paper and student will be introduced
by the moderator one at a time, with Q&A to follow each presentation. Judges will
assess the student’s ability to field questions; thus, each student must have a chance
to do so.
- In preparation for the symposium, please ask your student to share with you the guidelines
for poster size and contents and provide advice and assistance with poster design
- To help your student presenter interact effectively with the judges, please schedule
at least one practice session before the symposium, in which your student gives you
a brief synopsis of the project and its outcomes. You may also want to ask a few questions
to follow up on points that are not clear, and generally give advice on possible improvements
to the presentation.
- You are welcome to accompany your student presenter to the poster session, but please
be as unobtrusive as possible and do not interfere with the judging process (i.e.,
do not answer questions for your student).